Two San Antonio Premier Hotels get Top Ranks in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards
Two San Antonio premier hotels, Mokara Hotel & Spa, and sister property, Omni La Mansión del Rio, have earned top ranks in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Mokara Hotel & Spa (No. 7) and the Omni La Mansión del Rio (No. 12) earned scores of 94.69 and 92.94, respectively, in this year’s “Top Hotels in Texas” category.
The annual awards highlights the world’s leading hotels and resorts, and more than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.
At Omni La Mansión del Rio you can retreat into relaxation on the banks for the famous San Antonio River Walk. This Spanish style hotel is nestled along the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio. Perfectly situated, you can easily explore all the city’s beloved tourist attractions. We’re within walking distance of the fabled Alamo, El Mercado, La Villita District, Spanish Governor’s Palace, the San Antonio Convention Center and other popular landmarks. You can also schedule a tour of this historic property or enjoy a relaxing river cruise.
Blending Spanish colonial architecture and European style, this Four Diamond hotel surrounds you with the romance, grace and charm of a grand hacienda. Enjoy graceful service from the moment you step inside, and enhance your stay with a refreshing appointment at our full-service spa. When it’s time to fuel up for adventure, savor a meal at their on-site dining establishments serving hand-made margaritas. If you’re planning an event, work with their team to host an unforgettable gathering in one of their elegant venues.
The Spanish colonial setting of Las Canarias offers epicureans a romantic experience, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Guests may dine indoors in the multi-tiered dining room, or al fresco while watching the river barges float by on the serene Paseo del Rio.
Las Canarias’ elegant setting is enhanced by daily menu features and the freshest ingredients from top-rated farms and ranches. The culinary team incorporates a broader variety of Hill Country game meats to the menu and uses indigenous herbs and spices to reflect New American cuisine with the strong regional flair of the Texas Hill Country.
A five-course prix fixe tasting menu is updated monthly to tempt guests with an assortment of seasonal treats. Las Canarias restaurant reflects the charm and ambience of Colonial Spain taking its name from the Canary Islanders, who, in 1731, established the first civil township in Texas on the banks of the San Antonio River. Built on three levels that descend down to the River Walk, Las Canarias is known for its romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Inside, Las Canarias recreates the graciousness that accompanies fine dining while providing the comfort that contemporary lifestyles demand.
El Colegio – “Old School” Bar
In 1934, St. Mary’s School of Law was built at 112 College Street, near what would later become the city’s largest attraction– the San Antonio River Walk. There it remained until 1967 when a surge in law students – fueled by the city’s rapidly expanding, post-war population – forced relocation to the main campus of the University.
In April 1968, a law school alumnus purchased the property and reopened its doors as a luxury hotel just in time for HemisFair ’68.
During construction, it was designated that the former Dean’s office would become the hotel bar, branding it “El Colegio” to commemorate the property’s academic heritage.
In keeping with this tradition, El Colegio was decorated with memorabilia, including photographs of the school’s graduates – many of whom turned out to be prominent San Antonio citizens.
For years following the opening, El Colegio found its niche by serving as a gathering spot for attorneys, judges and others who worked in the nearby San Antonio courthouse.
Today, El Colegio is known as a beloved institution, where both locals and guests of Omni La Mansión del Rio enjoy the city’s finest cocktails.
At Omni La Mansión del Rio you get old world elegance with new world amenities!
Location: 112 College Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
843-6664 Toll-Free Reservations
Being San Antonio’s only Forbes Four-Star hotel, at Mokara Hotel & Spa you will be enveloped in luxury the moment you step through their doors.
Experience Mokara Hotel & Spa, a relaxing retreat on San Antonio’s world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining and a full-service spa. Plus, their attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
A luxurious, 17,000-square-foot, European-style Forbes Four Star spa encompasses the second floor of Mokara. The Spa houses 17 sumptuous treatment rooms, a couples’ treatment room, private sanctuary lounges, whirlpool, steam and sauna, Vichy showers, plus an outdoor poolside café with rooftop views of the city. A full-service hair and nail salon is also on site. Private label products, using ingredients indigenous to Texas and San Antonio, include shampoo, conditioner, bath soaps and body treatments. Spa services, for both men and women, include facials, massages, aromatherapy, reflexology, shiatsu, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and a range of spa therapies.
A high-energy restaurant featuring the freshest seafood flown in daily from around the world. Ostra, Spanish for “oyster,” is located along the banks of the famed River Walk where guests may dine indoors or al fresco. The culinary team uses seafood that have been raised and harvested in sustainable circumstances in their approach to ‘lifestyle cuisine’. The signature Ostra Tasting Menu features weekly specials created from ingredients from local sources such as Bluebonnet Farms, Oak Hill Farms, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and more. Ostra is also known for its Tequila Madness Menu which features more than 50 varieties of high-end tequilas.
Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.
Location: 212 West Crockett Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: 866-605-1212 or 210-396-5800